She Can Kill – She Can… #5 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

This is the fifth and final book in the ‘She Can’ series and follows two characters that have appeared in previous stories, Christan Rojas and Sarah Mitchell.  I really enjoyed this story as it essentially began in ‘She Can Tell’ and has waited until the end to be told.

Sarah Mitchell started off her married life to her charming, funny, high-school sweetheart with all the promise of happily ever after, but when an injury stopped Troy Mitchell from achieving his goals he took his displeasure out on a bottle and his wife. Scared for herself and her children, Sarah finally decides to leave but Troy is not going to make it easy for her.

Christan Rojas has been running from his former life for 12 years in order to keep his daughter safe and give her the life she deserves, but when it seems that it has finally caught up to him he knows he must leave again.  Unfortunately for him, his daughter and his blossoming relationship with Sarah put his plans on hold.  Can he stop running and keep his daughter safe. And when those he loves finds out the truth about his past will they ever forgive him?

Parents will do anything to keep their children safe and both Sarah and Christan do what has to be done for theirs.  Sarah has a fight on her hands against a husband who doesn’t love her or their children but will use them a leverage over Sarah.  Christan’s threat is much more violent and life-threatening.  As a parent I often wonder if I am doing the best for my children. Are they happy? Are they safe?  I don’t think that will ever go away.  Both these parents have the same doubts but on different levels and for different reasons.

The romance between Christan and Sarah is a slow simmer that bubbles away under the surface of the trouble they find themselves in.  Christan is the type of man that Sarah both needs and deserves, someone caring, considerate and wanting to make her happy.  For Christan, Sarah is what he needs.  He has had the drama, excitement and thrills and now wants to settle down, raise his daughter and enjoy life.

The threats to Christan keep the story exciting and engaging, along with the drama of Troy and Sarah.  Full of action and intrigue, this final book brings the series nicely to a close.  I have really enjoyed meeting all the characters and following the ups and downs of their lives as they face unknown threats and fall in love.

Rating 4/5

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Amy Rubinate

Series in order:

She Can Run – Elisabeth and Jack

She Can Tell – Rachel and Mike

She Can Scream – Brooke and Luke

She Can Hide – Abby and Ethan

She Can Kill – Sarah and Christan

Synopsis

Reformed assassin Cristan Rojas just wants to raise his daughter in peace. But after twelve years on the run, he learns that even the quiet little town of Westbury, Pennsylvania, has many hidden dangers. Although he can’t shake the feeling he’s under surveillance, Cristan’s attraction to Sarah Mitchell continues to grow, as do his concerns that his secret past could jeopardize anyone who gets too close to him.

Sarah is ready to start her life over with her children, a new job, and a budding romance. Her newfound happiness is threatened when her ex-husband becomes increasingly violent—and she soon learns her ex isn’t the only person stalking her.

Cristan fears someone from his past has arrived in town, someone far worse than a jealous ex. Someone who may be responsible for a brutal—and unsolved—murder a dozen years ago. To protect Sarah and his daughter, he must shine a light into the darkest recesses of his nightmarish past.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25682621-she-can-kill)

Sorrow: The Heart of a Princess – The Reluctant Princess Book 1 by Melanie Woods

REVIEW

This is the first book by new author , Melanie Woods, and I loved it.

Elena’s life is just as she likes it.  She is engaged to a wonderful caring man, Daniel, she has close friends and no worries.  But then tragedy strikes and her life turns upside down.  She becomes a Princess and therefore a bargaining chip.  She does not know who to trust and those who are supposed to be protecting her seem to be against her as well.  The only person she can trust is Damon, the head of her security protection and the General’s Son, who proves himself over and over again.  Damon has sworn to protect Elena and that is exactly what he plans to do but the the more time they spend together the closer they become.

The story is intriguing and exciting.  There are black cloaked figures trying to assassinate Elena, there are dangers from all around including those inside her own security team, and even her own parents could be against her.

The characters are well written and I loved Damon.  His heart is definitely in the right place and the torment and torture he must endure, especially at the hands of his own father, proves his loyalty to Elena.    Elena is a strong female role who will not take her circumstances lying down, she is a fighter. The twist at the end had me reeling! I don’t know about Elena having trust issues, I was having some myself.  Just when I thought I knew where the story was going it shifted and left me with a “WHAT?!” moment.

I really hope there will be a second book soon as this was left on a cliffhanger and I need to know how it finishes…so many questions!

A great first book.  Look forward to reading more by this author in the future.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Elena’s future is no longer in her hands. Caught between the ambitions of powerful men, she is trapped and in mortal danger… 

The King is dead, and there’s a threat against the whole Royal Family. 

The King’s niece, Elena, is ripped from her friends and fiancé for her protection. Can she trust her new protectors, or is she being used as a pawn in someone else’s game? 

Elena’s life has changed forever. Whether she likes it or not, her Father is now the King, she is the Princess. She desperately clings on to her freedom as everyone around her now only sees her as their ticket to power. She finds that she can no longer trust anyone. Even her fiancé could be responsible, as the Prince of another Kingdom… and then there’s Damon… Should she trust her head, or her heart? 

As the son of a high ranking General, Damon was bred to be a soldier; trained from the moment he could crawl. Pushed to the limits of human endurance, his skills are now legendary, his reactions verging on precognition. Damon’s mandate is to protect the new Princess, but he is about to find out if the task is beyond even his abilities.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40179188-sorrow)

False Memory – False #1 by Meli Raine

REVIEW

Following on from the amazing Shameless series, we catch up with Lily and Duff as they try to piece together what happened when Lily was shot and what a catch up it is!

You would think that having half the book based solely in a hospital room would become boring or tedious but it is the complete opposite.  The thoughts and reactions of Lily when certain people enter her room made me want to scream – ” Trust Duff! Tell him!” but the reasoning behind her silence is understandable. Lily knows who shot her, but the fact that he is so close makes her doubt her trust in others.

Duff relives the day he couldn’t save Lily from the bullet and suffers with the guilt every day, finding the man who did it may be the only way he can live with the past.  Knowing that Lily is keeping something from him, he tries to find out the truth.  Will the growing connection between them be enough for her to trust him?

Lily became friends with Jane in the Shameless series and at the end tragedy strikes.  Although this is a whole new series it essentially follows on the story that started with Drew and Lindsey in the Harmless Series, however it could be argued that it stems right back to the first series – Breaking Away.

The  main characters appeared in the preceding series and to now have their own is fantastic.  I am a massive fan of Meli Raine and find the characters and story lines both engaging and thrilling, there is no shortage of action!  She is not afraid to damage the lead role, in fact, the lead female never comes away unscathed.  In this book, Lily started off damaged and it does not stop there.

This book is part of a series so expect to be left with a cliffhanger.  It also refers to characters and actions from previous books, so to get full enjoyment I would highly recommend reading the following series in order:

Breaking Away – Finding Allie, Chasing Allie, Keeping Allie

Coming Home – Return, Revenge, Reunion

Harmless – A Harmless Little Game, A Harmless Little Ruse, A Harmless Little Plan

Shameless – A Shameless Little Con, A Shameless Little Lie, A Shameless Little Bet

False – False Memory (release date – 13/11/18), False Hope (release date – 11/12/18), False                Start (release date – 15/01/19)

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

It all started with the bereavement flowers with my name on them.
Not the best way to wake up, right? I work in a flower shop. I know a funeral arrangement when I see one.
I know a killer when I see one, too. And one is standing in my hospital room right now, straight behind the man who saved my life.
I can’t tell anyone the truth, because that’s the fastest way to really die. So I do the next best thing. I “lose” my memory. 
I fake my amnesia.
Pretending not to remember a brutal attempted murder has its perks. The killer is backing down, spending less time around me, loosening the noose.
The less I claim to recall, the more my rescuer, Duff, works to help me “remember.” I hate lying to him.
But he doesn’t understand that my memory is dangerous. To me. And to him.
Fooling everyone isn’t easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Except it’s starting to look like I’ve been fooling myself.
In more ways than one.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40405827-false-memory)

 

 

She Can Hide – She Can… #4 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Officer Ethan Hale has appeared throughout this series, so it was great to find out a bit more about him and his background.  Taking care of his mum and two younger brothers has not been easy and neither will his road to love and happiness.

Abby Foster has been briefly mentioned in ‘She can scream’ as a friend and co-worker of Brooke Davenport.  When Ethan pulls Abby out of a freezing river so begins their story that will have the reader turning page after page to find out exactly who is after Abby and more importantly…why?

The ending did come as a bit of a shock.  I had the feeling that Ryland Valentine was who he ended up being but I had no idea who was behind the kidnap/murder attempts. Kept me guessing!

Another thrilling story set in the quite backdrop of Westbury.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Amy Rubinate

 Rating – 4/5

Synopsis

From the moment Officer Ethan Hale pulls Abby Foster from icy waters, he senses there’s more to her than meets the eye. Abby has no memory of the accident that submerged her car in the frozen river. Three years ago, Abby was kidnapped and abandoned in a well for a week. The botched police investigation nearly killed her. Abby had moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania for a fresh start, but when it becomes clear that this car crash wasn’t an accident, she knows the violence from her past has caught up with her.

But Abby’s former assailant was convicted and imprisoned, so who else wants her dead?

Ethan uncovers a fresh string of murders tied to Abby’s past. Someone is trying to kill her, and this time the stalker seems determined to finish the task. As the killer grows bolder, Abby begins to trust Ethan enough to share the truth, her heart, and her life. But to stop the murders, Ethan must make a decision that could jeopardize it all.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20489824-she-can-hide)

The Triangle – Shape of Love #1 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

If there is one thing that can be said about a J A Huss novel/series it is, expect something unexpected.  That is exactly what you get with this book, unexpected twists, unexpected decisions, unexpected…everything!

Christine is not your average 24 year old.  She doesn’t work in an office, the man in her life isn’t her boss, and she most definitely isn’t doing ‘something boring’. But what exactly is it that she does do?  Christine has lost her memory and now a man is standing in front of her telling her to leave with him.

Danny has loved Christine for more years than he cares to remember.  When he found her, he promised to protect her and in doing so he hid his feelings and pushed her away.  Now she is back. One call from him and Danny comes running. Finding Christine the way she was, no memory of anything but him hurt more than he would say, but this is Christine. His to protect, his to love, and his from this point on.

Alec knew he could count on Danny to protect her, save her from whatever was happening, but what exactly was happening?  With Christine’s loss of memory it would take time to piece everything together but by then it may be too late.  Can three people really love, trust and respect each other and what happens when the triangle loses shape? Will it be able to put itself together again?

Absolutely engrossed in this story from page 1.  The tension between the characters, the trust and betrayal, the bits of Christine’s memory coming back to add even more intrigue to an already enthralling story just kept me turning page after page, and by the end there were still so many questions that needed answers…so many questions…

These are very interesting characters.  Christine is way older in her thoughts and actions than any 24 year old should be.  She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to go get it.  Danny is the calming influence, the decision maker, the ‘let’s think about this for a minute’ one, but once he makes that decision he goes full force into it.  And then there is Alec.  What can be said about Alec – rich, entitled, slightly delusional, a whole lot ‘who gives a fuck!’

The sex between these three is HOT! If MFM/MMF is not your cup of tea then don’t get this book cos, trust me on this, there is plenty of heat and sizzle when these three finally get it on!

Another fantastic start to a new series by the talented duo that is Julie Huss and Johnathan McClain.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

They’re sworn enemies and I’m in the middle.
Both of them claimed me. Had me. Used me. Forgot me. 
Except… I don’t remember any of it. I don’t even know who I am or why I’m in this cramped basement apartment with tinfoil covering the tiny windows when my bank account says I have over two million dollars. 
I don’t know how I got the stitches on the back of my head, or the scar under my chin, or the ache in my shoulder—but I do know I probably deserved it.
I don’t know why there’s a shotgun in the closet, a sniper rifle under the floorboards, and a pistol under my pillow.
I don’t know why I stay. 
I don’t know why I care. 
I don’t know why I’m trying to put something back together when it was never whole to begin with. 
Until I look at them.
Until they look at me.
Until I touch them.
Until they touch me.
And even though the memories don’t come back.
I know. 
I know why I stay.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41566383-the-triangle)

She Can Scream – She Can… #3 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Thrilling suspense with a strong-willed woman fighting her demons and a man with his own haunted past determined to protect her.

Brooke Davenport has been obsessed with teaching women how to stay safe since the death of her best friend and roommate almost sixteen years ago.  When Brooke saves a young woman from a vicious assault the attackers sights become set on Brooke. With her brother leaving, he enlists the help of his friend, Luke Holloway (we have met Mrs Holloway in previous books, she is his Grandmother) to look out for Brooke and her children.  With his past plaguing him with uncertainty, Luke knows that he cannot get attached to Brooke, but as the danger increases he finds he will do whatever it takes to protect her.

One of the things I really enjoy about this type of romantic suspense, besides the romance, is trying to figure out who the bad guy is.  There are always several to choose from and they generally appear throughout the story, the trick is trying to eliminate some and think like an author…who would the reader least suspect?  I’ll be honest I did have a feeling about this one from the first time he came up in the book, I wasn’t 100% but I wasn’t surprised, in fact I may have said “I knew it!” quietly to myself for fear my family would think I was nuts!

Another mystery to be solved in the quiet town of Westbury.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Amy Rubinate.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.
Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother’s friend, Luke has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke’s unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.

Injured in terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant’s death in the explosion. But Luke can’t refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke’s safety threatens Luke’s tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer’s obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17687573-she-can-scream)

She Can Tell – She Can… #2 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

The next exciting installment in the She Can Series finds Police Chief Mike O’Connell risking his job and his heart when the two become entangled with horse trainer, Rachel Parker.

Rachel left Westbury in pursuit of a riding career but when a terrible accident puts an end to her dreams she returns to her family farm as a trainer. Someone is not happy with her return and the list of possible suspects just keeps on growing.  When Rachel’s life is put in danger, Police Chief Mike O’Connell takes it personally and sets about protecting Rachel at all costs. The longer they spend together, the closer they get and that leads Mike into unfamiliar territory – his job or his heart?

Mike appeared in She Can Run along with a few other familiar names that crop up in this book.  The main male characters in this series seem to be, Jack, Mike, Sean, Quinn, and Ethan, although there are a couple of new leads that will appear who still have links to the town.  I really enjoy series that connect characters.  In a small town, as Westbury appears to be, it makes sense that the same people would crop up, however with the number of crimes they have I’m not sure I would want to live there!

An exciting romantic suspense that kept me wondering as there are lots of possible ‘bad guys’ to choose from.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Elizabeth Pike

Synopsis

When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s new business and her life. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her. Now Rachel must face the fact that the sins of her carefully hidden past have returned to haunt her…

Police Chief Mike O’Connell never had trouble drawing the line between his personal life and his job—until he met Rachel Parker. Mike’s investigation uncovers a shocking number of secrets and suspects. But the stalker’s escalating violence convinces him he doesn’t have much time to sort through it all. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches two decades into the past—before her stalker strikes again.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15954484-she-can-tell?ac=1&from_search=true)